TOPs Diamond Team

After a summer full of TOPs training and testing, Ava, Kaelyn, Levi and Priya have all been named to TOPs Diamond Team.  This team consists of the strongest 7 year olds in the country.

The girls are tested on rope climb, splits, handstand holds, leg lifts, press handstands and cast handstands.

The girls will all receive a National TOPs Team Jacket and have their names listed along side many talented gymnasts who were once TOPs National team members.  Former TOPs team members include Chellsie Memmel, Carly Patterson, Samatha Peszek, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and many others!

Congrats ladies – we are so proud of you!

Secret US Classic

Caitlin Smith traveled to Chicago, Illinois from July 24- 28 to participate in the US Secret Classic.  This was her first time competing on Podium and in such a large arena.  She did a great job, placing 11th over all against a very talented field.  She placed 7th on bars and 8th on bars.

Directly following the competition, she headed off to the US Olympic Training Center for another developmental camp.  There she worked with the National Staff in preparation for next season!

Kayla Phillips – 2013 TOPs National Qualifier

8 year old Kayla Phillips has qualified to represent PEG at the TOPs National Testing. The testing will take place Oct.11 – 13 at the US Olympic Training Center in Huntsville, Texas.   This will be Kayla’s first trip to the ranch.

TOPs National testing is a two day competition.  One day tests physical abilities – which is a fancy way to say strength and flexibility.  The girls perform leg lifts, rope climb, presses, handstand holds, cast to handstands, sprints and dynamic kicks.  On the second day the girls show the national testing routines on vault, bars, beam, floor and dance.  The athletes are evaluated by the National Staff.  The goal is qualify for the TOPs camps in December!

Click to learn more about USAG’s TOPs Program.

Good luck Kayla!  We are proud of you!